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WHY THEY CAME TO ARIZONA, 3-5pm, Wednesday, February 20, RH Johnson Lecture Hall; $10 fee.
When someone told General William Tecumseh Sherman “Why General, it is not such a bad country . . . possibly Arizona is a bit little warm but all she needs is more water and better immigration,” Sherman snorted: “Huh! Less heat! More water! Better society! That’s all hell needs!” But they came anyway. From cavemen to Native Americans, Spanish conquistadores, 49ers, Mormons, cowboys, farmers, soldiers, railroad men, professors, health seekers, retirees, winter residents, astronomers, refugees, and even high-tech engineers and medical researchers. Let’s see why they came to Arizona, in-spite-of the dry heat.
Instructor Jim Turner recently retired from the Arizona Historical Society where he worked with more than 70 museums in every corner of the state. He is co-author of the 4th-grade textbook, The Arizona Story, and his pictorial history book, Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State, contains more than 530 images and has recently updated the third edition of Native Roads, a motoring guide to Hopi and Navajo Lands. He earned a master’s degree in U.S. history from the U of AZ and has been researching and teaching Arizona history for more than 35 years.